CRNPs can already freely prescribe all medications, order lab and other diagnostic studies, sign death certificates, perform driver license exams, order home health and hospice care and refer patients for specialized care or to outpatient therapies.
Pennsylvania’s collaborative agreement exists between physicians and CRNPs is to ensure that patients have direct and immediate access to a physician when their care requires a more highly trained professional.
Eliminating this network of support would be contrary to team-based medicine.
On April 9, PAMED issued a statement from PAMED President Danae Powers, MD, expressing our opposition to Senate Bill (SB) 25, legislation that would grant independent practice to CRNPs. Read PAMED's statement here. The Senate's next session date is April 29. It is uncertain when it will consider SB 25.
A similar bill on CRNP independent practice, House Bill (HB) 100, was introduced in the Pa. House on April 15. This bill has been referred to the House Professional Licensure Committee.
We encourage physicians to reach out to their legislators to meet with them on this issue and educate them as to why this is a bad idea for patient care in Pennsylvania. Get your legislators' contact information here.
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